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Legal Assistance for Crime Victims
 An OVC Training and Technical Assistance Initiative
Webinar Series
Through the "Legal Assistance for Crime Victims: An OVC Training and Technical Assistance Initiative," OVC is working to expand the availability of pro bono and no-cost legal assistance for victims of crime nationally. Part of that effort includes support for a series of free Webinar trainings on victims' rights issues developed and delivered by the National Crime Victim Law Institute in collaboration with the OVC Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC).

To register for an upcoming Webinar or to learn more, check the following list for the topics that interest you. 
  Title: Standing: What is it? How do you know if you have it when others say you don't? What do you do with it? 
Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM — 1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM — 4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Rebecca Khalil, J.D

NCVLI has been training nationally on victims’ rights for more than 10 years and the recurring mantra from the field is “We can’t litigate that in our state.” Importantly, the law provides standing for victims to litigate at least some of their rights in every state at the trial level and there is some appellate review available for most rights violations. Unfortunately, because of the legacy of victims being perceived as witnesses or evidence in a case rather than interested participants, too few lawyers and judges undertake a true standing analysis. This training would be an indepth discussion of legal standing and the “how” of litigating when others say you can’t do it.

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Title: A High Wire Act: Advocating for Victims While Avoiding Unlawful Practice of Law
Date: Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM —1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM — 4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Terry Campos, J.D.

There are a myriad of trainings for the field about victims’ rights and how to protect those rights. Unfortunately, rarely do we discuss the line between vigorous non-legal advocacy and the unlawful practice of law. As victims’ rights become more and more integrated into the practice of law, ensuring one’s advocacy does not inadvertently cross this line is critical. This training will include a discussion of law and ethics, applying them to fact scenarios to help advocates and attorneys learn to navigate the line.

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Title: Intersection of Tort Law and Victims’ Rights
Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM —1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM — 4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Josh Lamborn, J.D., and Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D.

Victims have needs in the civil and criminal justice systems, and attorneys and advocates need to be familiar with what rights and remedies exist in each system. Among the themes of the training will be to provide civil tort lawyers with a basic understanding of victims’ rights and why it is in their clients’ best interest for them to be actively involved in the criminal case. Issues discussed will include how victims’ rights can impact the timing of civil depositions. 

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Title: Lessons From the Field: Pro Bono Spotlights
Date: Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM —1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM — 4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Sarah LeClair, J.D.

Victims’ rights is an emerging field of law. Few lawyers are full-time victims’ rights lawyers; often victims must rely on pro bono or no cost attorneys to advance their rights. Wonderfully, when NCVLI reaches out, attorneys rise to the challenge. This session will highlight two attorneys who have taken a pro bono or low cost case for a victim. The attorneys will teach others what they did, how they did it, and what they would do differently! This turns the network of attorneys into colleagues and co-trainers.

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Title: Analyzing the Latest Interventions in the Response to Military Sexual Assault 
Date: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM —1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM — 4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Rebecca Khalil, J.D.

Sexual assault in the military is an issue that has drawn national attention. Many interventions to prevent and respond to this epidemic have taken place. This training will look at the evolution of victim services and rights in the military, focusing in large part on the emerging role of Special Victim Counsel. The trainer will discuss the legal landscape following the landmark decision of LRM v. Kastenberg and implementation of the latest NDAA.

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Title: Incapacitated and Deceased Victims Have Rights, Too; But What are They?
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM —1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM — 4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Amy Liu, J.D.

This training will discuss the unique challenges that arise in the context of incapacitated or deceased victims (whether they are deceased from the crime itself or otherwise). Among the topics to be covered: the use of in-life photos during trial and victim impact; model rights directives which are critical for loved ones to be able to exercise the victims’ rights; survival of privileges; restitution; and more.

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Representing Victims Who Don't Fit Society's "Mold" 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM —1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM — 4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Sarah LeClair, J.D.

The justice systems are predominately designed for able-bodied victims who speak English. Securing access to justice for victims with disabilities whether they have impaired vision or hearing, high anxiety, use a wheelchair, or for persons who have English as a second language can be challenging. This session will include a panel of lawyers who can provide practice tips for securing access to justice.

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Title: Year in Review: Top Victims' Rights Cases from the Past 12 Months
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM —1:15 PM PT (3:00 PM — 4:15 PM ET)
Speaker: Meg Garvin, M.A., J.D.

This training will identify notable victims’ rights cases from 2014. The speaker will provide an overview of the facts, holdings, and implications of these cases and identify strategies for responding to the new legal landscape created by the cases. Reflecting on these cases, Ms. Garvin will identify and discuss emerging legal issues that attorneys and advocates need to be aware of in order to be the best advocates they can be for victims.

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OVC shares your mission and has a wide range of resources to help you accomplish it. Visit the National Criminal Justice Reference Service online at www.ncjrs.gov to register for services or to find out more.